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BD’s Shahidul set to be new Bimstec Secy Gen


Thursday 10 August, 2017 09:59:42 pm

BD’s Shahidul set to be new Bimstec Secy Gen

Dhaka, Aug 10 (UNB) - M Shahidul Islam, now serving as Bangladesh Ambassador to France, will soon take over the charge as the next Secretary General of Bimstec. 


Shahidul Islam's name was placed at the eighteenth session of the Bimstec Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) held in Kathmandu, Nepal on Thursday and supported by the member states, a senior official told UNB.


His name will be placed at the 15th Bimstec Ministerial meeting on Friday for the final approval, the official said.


In 2012, Ambassador Sumith Nakandala was nominated as the first Secretary General of Bimstec and he assumed the charge of the Secretary General on August 10, 2014. His tenure ended on August 9, 2017.


Bay of Bengal Initiatives for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) is the sub-regional grouping comprising seven countries of South Asia and South East Asia.


Nepal is the current Chair of the Bimstec while its Secretariat is located in Dhaka.


Earlier, the government nominated Shahidul Islam and shared the proposed name with Bimstec member states through Bimstec Secretariat.


Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque led the Bangladesh side at the 18th session of the Bimstec senior officials’ meeting.


Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will lead Bangladesh at the 15th Bimstec Ministerial meeting to be held on Friday.


The meeting is likely to finalise date for the next Bimstec Summit, too.